LABOR TO ENTER REST?

Triumph in Christ Jesus!

Triumph in Christ Jesus

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief (Hebrews 4:11 KJV).

Labor to Enter Rest?

Laboring to enter rest sounds like an oxymoron. I would like to suggest that labor means hard work. It actually means “make effort” in the Greek, so we are not talking about anything passive here. “Rest” means “reposing down; to settle down.” Make an effort to settle down? Were we thinking that the “peace of God” happens by osmosis? Sometimes it does, other times it requires mental labor.

Rest for the Soul!

This is beginning to make sense to me. The rest that Jesus promises is a rest for the “soul” which of course is the “mind, will and emotions.” Rest for the mind; rest for the will; rest for the emotions. He is promising not a passive, easy physical rest where problems are held at bay. No, I believe He is offering a place where your soul is settled down right smack in the middle of the assault of many daily life problems, emotional issues, and spiritual assaults from the enemy. The mind is where these assaults from the enemy hit which is why, I believe, He gave such important and detailed instructions on taking thoughts captive. He tells us that we have the “mind” of Christ. He tells us that our minds must be transformed into his image. This requires furiously active, believing, claiming and walking out what He has given us in His promises.

Rest for the Mind!

The mind is the battlefield. Scores of books have been written on this, but I would like to condense down into a few practical ideas how this works for me. We are told that all of the promises of God in Christ Jesus are “Yes and Amen!” And we are told that we are to use the Word of God as a weapon against the fiery darts of the enemy. We hear much talk about claiming His promises. All of those suggestions sound wonderful, but how does it happen in the middle of the assault of fiery thoughts from the enemy? The enemy goes after your mind by assaulting your emotions. The following method is how God has trained me to activate my will to agree with the truth of His word—aside from my emotional feelings about it. You will quickly discover why it is called “labor” as you will hear the enemy’s accusations using your voice, using voices from your past, using voices from other relationships. It is a battle, but rest assured the war has already been won at the cross. After a time, the accusations will cease when the enemy sees that he no longer is able to control you through your damaged emotions. These suggestions are only a tiny arsenal of what is available to us in the Word; add your own to the list:

How to Labor to Enter Rest

Fiery dart:

Didn’t God say that He would take care of you and give you peace? How come your life is in such a mess and He has gone missing?

Taking the thought captive:

It is written: “It is Christ who is working in me to will and to do of His good pleasure (Phil 2:13). Whatever His pleasure is, I consent to and choose His will, even if it feels impossible to me right now.” He will never leave me nor forsake me according to Hebrew’s 13:5.

 Fiery dart:

You will never get this thing right; you are doing it all wrong; you have failed at everything before, you will fail again.

Taking the thought captive:

It is Christ who is working in me, to will and to do His good pleasure.” He is working in me and He will do His own will, even if I am struggling through it.

 Fiery dart:

You are such a failure.

Taking the thought captive:

It is written in 2 Cor. 5:17: “I am a “new creation in Christ Jesus.” Whatever I was I am no longer because His blood cover all of my sins and failures and I have His DNA now. He “always leads me in triumph in Christ Jesus” according to 2 Cor. 2:14! I am His trophy! Walking in His triumphant parade right this minute. Amen!”

Fiery dart:

What about that time you did ________? Remember that?

Taking the thought captive:

In Christ Jesus, that sin has been confessed and “He is faithful and just to forgive it and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness according to 1 John 1:9. I am forgiven and cleansed by His blood. I Thank You Lord Jesus that this too is under Your blood.

Fiery dart:

Look at you, you can’t even pray right.

Taking the thought captive:

Jesus prayed for me in John 17, and according to Romans 8: 26, the Holy Spirit “knows my weakness” and is praying for me now “with groanings too deep for words” and He makes intercession for me “according to the will of God!” Jesus “always lives to make intercession” for me according to Hebrews 7:25.

Fiery dart:

You are weak, you have always been weak.

Taking the thought captive:

God’s “strength is made perfect in my weakness” today, therefore “I gladly boast in my weakness because when I am weak, then He is strong” in me! (2 Cor. 12:9)

Fiery dart:

You are going to lose everything. God is not going to rescue you.

Taking the thought captive:

I am no longer afraid of losing anything for “I have died and my life is hid with God in Christ” (Col. 3:2-3). “I count all things as loss for the sake of Christ and for the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,” according to Philippians 3:8.

Fiery dart:

You are going to end up with nothing and no one, in an endless pile of debt. Nothing is going to change.

Taking the thought captive:

This “spirit” of fear does not come from Jesus—according to 2 Tim. 2:7, Jesus has given me the “power,love, and a sound mind.” His resurrection power disarmed the spirit of fear. He has given me His “perfect love, which casts out fear” according to 1 John 4:18.

Fiery dart:

You will never be able to communicate well.

Taking the thought captive:

I do not speak on my own, but only what the Father speaks through me. “With that same spirit of faith I also believe and therefore speak” according to 2 Cor. 2:14.”

Fiery dart:

You have failed in all of your relationships!

Taking the thought captive:

My own efforts at relationships will always fail, but the mystery of the ages has been fulfilled and it is “Christ in me, the hope of glory,” according to Col. 1:27. Therefore, if Christ is in me, and his love never fails, then it is His love in me for others and that is all I need. I love with His love—I make the choice to love, by doing loving deeds in His Name, expecting nothing in return.

Fiery dart:

You are stupid!.

Taking the thought captive:

I have the “mind of Christ according to 2 Cor. 2:16. Jesus Christ is transforming me by the renewing of my mind according to Romans 12:2.

Declaring and Proclaiming to Enter Rest :

  • God has delivered me from the domain of darkness, and has transferred me to the Kingdom of His beloved Son, according to Colossians 1:13.
  •  I am filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that I may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and bear fruit, according to Colossians 1:9.
  •  The Word of Christ dwells in me richly with all wisdom, according to Colossians 3:16.
  •  God goes before me and will not leave me nor forsake me. I fear not, neither am I afraid, according to Deut. 31:8.
  •  I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day according to 2 Tim. 1:12.
  •  I have the mind of Christ according to 1 Cor. 2:16.
  •  I can do all things through Christ Jesus Who strengthens me

 Laboring to enter into His rest

We all experience the kinds of mental assaults that I list above—we can all add our own assaults to this list. This is how we take thoughts captive—this is labor. It is labor because we have to choose it, and we have to choose it again, and we have to choose it again and we have to make an effort to actually find the verse that counteracts the lie and the assault and then we have to speak it outloud and exercise our Biblical authority over the assault and lies of the enemy. This is how the mind is transformed into the mind of Christ. There is victory for us, real victory in this, and there is rest for the soul.

Therefore…

Let us labor to enter into his rest!

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4 Responses to LABOR TO ENTER REST?

  1. Nikole Hahn says:

    Exactly what I need to hear. :o)

  2. Jasi says:

    I have been asking how to “labor into rest” and finally I understand. Thank you for making it elementary!!

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